When working flexibly, the space you work on and the location you’re in is majorly important to your productivity. You don’t want a place that is full of distraction, or that doesn’t allow you the space, the silence (or noise, depending on your preference) and the right working atmosphere that you need.
Depending on the demands of your role, you have many options to choose from. If you’re only just starting to work flexibly, then look at what your job role entails: do you make a lot of calls? Are you in meetings daily? Then you might need to think of a place that is quiet enough but still allows talking. The same goes if you don’t want silence at all, and if you work well when it’s noisy and busy around you. A café can give you a coffee and a space to work,
Working flexibly means that you can enjoy benefits that you may not have as a regular employee. So it’s vital that you use and take advantage of that freedom. Also, being able to mix and choose between your favourite working places is another great way to focus. It gives you diversity and makes certain that you don’t fall in that typical 9 to 5 routine.
You can start experimenting with the work place you go into every day. However, working at home is another big favourite. Your home helps you feel safe, comfortable and confident, hence why so many people prefer working from home. But remember that working from home and flexible working have their differences.
Flexible working means that you can change more than just not going into the office. It means your routine is up to you and that it’s all about what makes you comfortable. Whereas, home-working is generally about doing the same hours, only you don’t leave the house. To read more about the differences and the benefits of flexible working, click here.
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Once you have your proposed space, motivation will come much quicker. The trick is to ensure you don’t eat, watch films or allow distractions at that desk. You’re training yourself to slowly associate that corner of the room to nothing but work and soon enough it will become so easy that you won’t be able to do anything else there.
The idea is to stick with what you like and what your lifestyle is. You can also get a standing desk if you’re conscious of sitting for too long. Sitting at your desk for almost 8 hours a day increases disability in over sixty-year-olds but can also cause back ache and is unhealthy for your body overall.
A standing desk, however, can raise your energy and stamina, making you fit even if you’re not exactly running or doing weights. It also enables your body to stretch and is much healthier physically. You could also try a soft rubber mat, especially at the beginning, to help with the ache and get your legs used to standing for so many hours. If you want to take it one step further, you could try a balancing board, which influences your body to keep moving in order to stay balanced. And of course there’s always the treadmill with a desk on top: work on your body and on your job at the same time.
If you find that dedicated space in your home, or if you have a routine of all the places that allow you to focus, then working flexibly won’t even feel like a job. Follow these initial guidelines to make sure you don’t get lost in the great, comfortable world of working flexibly. Then you could be just as, if not more productive from your own home as you would from an office. You can read more tips on flexible working.
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